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And looking back, I still don't get the idea of moving Cabrera to 3B. He's handled the position well enough it seems so in that sense it worked and was genius. But it was done to get the bats of Delmon Young and Brennan Boesch and Quentin Berry and Andy Dirks (who at least has hit really well) into the lineup. Surely they'd have been better off finding a good defensive 3B and Cabrera/Fielder at DH.
CWS 76-64 [4-5 in SEPT]
DET 73-67 [3-6 in SEPT] (3 GB)
OAK 80-60 [6-3 in SEPT]
BAL 78-62 [5-4 in SEPT]
TBR 77-63 [6-2 in SEPT] (1 GB)
LAA 77-64 [6-3 in SEPT] (1.5 GB)
DET 73-67 [3-6 in SEPT] (5 GB)
Even in 2006, when they made it to the World Series, they sputtered into the wild card with five straight losses (12-16 record in Sept./Oct.) after being in first place every day of the season since May 16.
I've got to admit that all season I've just been figuring the Tigers would get it together and overtake the White Sox but it sure doesn't look like it. It must be very frustrating for them (OPS+ and ERA+):
Det 104 109
CWS 97 107
also, if i'm reading this right, if the season ended today, there would be 3 american league teams who don't make the playoffs despite having a better record than a team who will.
The only team ever screwed out of a playoff berth was the 1981 Reds.
What about the 1981 Cardinals?
that instead of giving the DH slot that opened up when Cabrera agreed to move to 3B* to another hitter, they used it for the likes of Delmon Young,
If you have the best record in your league, you should be in the playoffs. Anything else, and you're only in because of the structure of the playoff system.
The good thing about the new WC setup is that it provides a real incentive to win the division to avoid the 1-game play-in. Not so long ago, the Yanks and Rangers had big leads and it looked like the playoff chase would be for a 1-game play-in and maybe a AL Central battle between two mediocre teams. Now not even the Rangers can sit too comfortably.
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